Archive for July, 2013

Xantus’ Hummingbird Closeups

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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Xantus’s Hummingbird, Basilinna xantusii, is a medium-sized hummingbird. It is 3.5″ (8–9 cm) long, and weighs approximately .2 oz (3-4 g).


The Verdin

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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The Verdin is a very small bird. At 4.5 inches in length, it rivals the American Bushtit as one of the smallest passerines in North America. It is gray overall, and adults have a bright yellow head and rufous “shoulder patch” (the lesser coverts). Unlike the tits, it has a sharply pointed bill.

Closeup Photos of the Costa’s Hummingbird

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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The Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) is a common hummingbird of Baja, Mexico.


The Pyrrhuloxia

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Pyrrhuloxias are stocky, medium-sized songbirds with tall crests and long tails. They have heavy but short seed-cracking bills with a curved culmen, or upper edge.



Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings.